Stages of Female Pattern Baldness

Hair Loss in Women Washington, D.C.

Middle aged woman smiles at cameraContrary to what many people believe, women are almost as susceptible to hair loss as men. A woman’s hair is tied to her personality, self-expression, and confidence. When hair loss affects a woman, the emotional and psychological distress can be significant. Treating hair loss in women is a specialty of Washington, D.C. cosmetic surgeon Hadi M. Rassael. Male and female hair loss aren’t exactly the same, but hair transplantation is equally effective for both sexes. Contact us today to learn more.

Losing Hair—Not Just for Men

Although testosterone is a male sex hormone, the female body possesses trace amounts of the hormone as well. The biological process of converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is also present in a woman’s body, and can cause female hair follicles to shrink. This condition is called androgenetic alopecia. 

Female Baldness

Female Pattern BaldnessThough commonly referred to as male pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia can also lead to thin hair and baldness in women. However, AGA is not the only cause for female hair loss. Women can lose hair temporarily or permanently, depending on the cause. Regardless of its permanence or severity, hair loss is always a symptom of another complication. Women’s bodies contain smaller amounts of testosterone and DHT. As a result, women with androgenetic alopecia rarely lose all of their hair, though concentrated hair loss and diffuse thinning can still make the condition highly noticeable. Aside from AGA, other common causes for hair loss in women include:

Telogen Effluvium

The phase of hair growth that involves shedding is known as telogen. After the body endures a traumatic event like childbirth, malnutrition, a severe infection, major surgery, or extreme stress, all of the hairs on a woman’s head can automatically shift into the telogen phase. Remission from TE is possible with the avoidance of stressful situations, though for some women, it’s a mysterious chronic illness that often has no apparent triggering factors.

Anagen Effluvium

Anagen is the phase of actual hair growth. Anagen effluvium occurs when the mitotic and metabolic activity of hair follicles is impaired. For instance, chemotherapy, which targets rapidly dividing cancer cells in the body, can also target rapidly dividing hair cells, leading to fractured hair shafts and hair loss.

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is hair loss caused by direct and localized damage to the hair follicles, typically from over-tight hairstyles that pull at hair over extended periods of time. Braiding, cornrows, tight ponytails, and extensions are common causes for traction alopecia, and the condition can be reversed to allow hair to regrow if it is detected in time.

Birth Control

Birth control works by controlling a woman’s hormones to suppress ovulation. The disturbance to her hormonal balance can lead to excessive amounts of DHT, or insufficient female hormones to balance it out, and the imbalance can contribute to female pattern hair loss.

Fight Hair Loss with Our Help

At Millennium Medical, we understand how troubling hair loss can be, and we are dedicated to helping all of our patients retain or regrow thinning or lost hair with advanced hair restoration techniques. To learn more, contact us at our Chevy Chase, Maryland location today.

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